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a collection of quotations, poems, images, and songs that inspire me

"The bullet is in me now, so I cannot make a very long speech. But I will try my best."

Theodore Roosevelt to a crowd, right after getting shot.

This is why history is so much fun. (I’m watching the new Roosevelts documentary from Ken Burns and it’s fantastic.)

"All my life, I’ve thought that if I couldn’t say anything boys found interesting, I might as well shut up. But now I realize there was that whole other, invisible half of the world—girls—that I could speak to instead. A whole other half equally silent and frustrated, just waiting to be given the smallest starting signal—the tiniest starter culture—and they would explode into words, and song, and action, and relieved, euphoric cries of, ‘Me too! I feel this too!’”

—Caitlin Moran, How to Build a Girl, Ch. 9

"The universe is under no obligation to make sense to you."
Neil deGrasse Tyson (via apoetreflects)
"When someone shows you how little you mean to them and you keep coming back for more, before you know it you start to mean less to yourself."
Lena Dunham, Not That Kind of Girl, p. 49

"Life as a Christian isn’t all slamming down winning baskets, taking forty-yard touchdown passes, turning around to receive standing ovations, and fighting off the autograph hunters. Life as the church isn’t a blank, unchallenging canvas. Things go wrong. People fall out. You get cross. You feel let down and misrepresented. People get hurt. That’s not a sign that Christianity is a mistake or the church is wicked. It’s a sign that the church is real. Being a Christian is not a security blanket. It’s not about making sure nothing goes wrong. Something always does go wrong. The key is what happens when it does. The key is about allowing our weaknesses to be turned into God’s opportunities.”

—Samuel Wells, Be Not Afraid, p. 112

"How exquisitely human was the wish for permanent happiness, and how thin human imagination became trying to achieve it."
Toni Morrison, Paradise
"To clasp the hands in prayer is the beginning of an uprising against the disorder of the world."

"Jesus calls his disciples, giving us authority to heal and sending us out. He doesn’t show us how to reliably cure a molar pregnancy. He doesn’t show us how to make a blind man see, dry every tear, or even drive out all kinds of demons. But he shows us how to enter into a way of┬álife in which the broken and sick pieces are held in love, and given meaning In which strangers literally touch each other, and doing so make a community spacious enough for everyone. In which the deepest desires of our hearts draw us to health. Don’t be afraid, Jesus says: your faith will make you well.”

—Sara Miles, Jesus Freak, p. 105

"None of us can control what God does. But we can open our eyes and see what God is doing. Jesus says that in order to see the glory of God revealed, we have to look at the whole of creation: God is always among us, making us whole even as we try to divide ourselves, loving us even as we hate each other.

Look at the lame, he says, at the plagued, the poor: those you’ve cast out, those whose suffering you misinterpret as a sign of their own sinfulness. Don’t call unclean anything God has created; do not exclude anything or anyone from your vision. It is all God’s work.”

—Sara Miles, Jesus Freak, p. 11